In a “Notes on the Quad” blog post released Thursday, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne announced that two new committees will replace the Advisory Committee on the Use of Historical Names on Campus, which reached an apparent stalemate in its attempts to formulate principles for renaming campus buildings and landmarks.
The students convened in the courtyard outside of Serra house in Stern Hall and walked down Galvez Mall to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s office in the Main Quad, where they presented letters of discontent to administrators.
Dear Daily Editor: I praise the choice of written resolution of the ASSU Undergraduate Senate and Graduate Student Council, as opposed to, for instance, vandalism, but my response aimed at them is: “Don’t erase what you don’t like.” Whether you prefer the words of George Santayana or Winston Churchill, don’t forget history, and don’t try to…
In March of last year, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate and Graduate Student Council passed a resolution requesting that the University rename all places on campus that bear the name of Junipero Serra, the Spanish missionary who created and led the California mission system. At a Faculty Senate meeting that same month, former President John Hennessy…
Evidence that Stanford’s founding president David Starr Jordan, as well as former professors Lewis M. Terman and Elwood P. Cubberley, were active supporters of the eugenics movement have resurfaced amid recent efforts to rename schools in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD).
Shards of a Chinese vase, a stone mortar and pestle and a brass phoenix button: These artifacts and many more are currently on display in the exhibit “Before Stanford: Founding Communities, Present Pasts,” a collection of artifacts from the Stanford University Archaeology Collections curated by students.
It has been difficult figuring out how my perspective fits into the Junípero Serra renaming argument or how valid others will consider my opinion to be. As someone whose identity is strongly rooted in her Native culture but does not fit society’s preconceived notions of what indigeneity looks like, I always wonder how much of an impact my words will have on the ideas of my peers. But now I think it is time for me to speak.
A student at a Catholic high school once asked me, if a cure were found years later for a miracle attributed to a saint, would the Catholic Church strip him or her of the title? The fact that we know something today does not change the fact that it was a very real miracle for those who experienced it at the time — miracles are tested against the natural or scientific laws of the day. This example, I believe, gets to the heart of the ASSU Undergraduate Senate’s request to cleanse Stanford of the name Junípero Serra. A slippery slope is created when the past is judged based on current values. A brief history lesson may be useful for those interested in what the ASSU Undergraduate Senate is attempting to do.